Snoquera Falls

At 400 feet, Snoquera Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls on the north side of Mt. Rainier National Park. View these impressive falls from Chinook Pass, Highway 410 at the entrance to Camp Shephard. Find a public parking area and a trailhead to the falls outside the gate. From here, the moderate 1.5 mile trail takes you through second growth forest, with strangely placed huge rocks along the way, to an amazing rockface. With the rain and rapid snowmelt in the late spring, early summer, this waterfall shoots from the top of the rock and cascades down a 300 foot drop, then another 100 feet to the base. The best view may be from a distance, but the excitement comes from crossing the creek, (no bridge) and scrambling up the steep rock trail to the bottom of the falls. By the end of summer this beautiful waterfall is reduced to a trickle.


Height: 400 feet | Form: Tiered Plunges | Number of Drops: 2

Source Stream: Snoquera Creek | Access: Moderate Hike

Location: 47.03997 N, -121.55255 W


Directions: From Enumclaw, travel 27 miles on Highway 410, 11 miles past Greenwater to the signed Camp Sheppard / Snoquera Falls trailhead. The trail leaves the parking area on the right. Follow the log-lined nature trail back to the amphitheater and before crossing Snoquera Creek, take the center trail at a three way junction, heading across the creek. In 0.2 miles, reach a 4-way junction, stay straight, following Snoquera Falls Trail # 1167. At 0.75 miles from the parking lot, the trail junctions again. Go left, following the signs for Snoquera Falls. Three long switchbacks later, arrive at the base of the falls, 1.5 miles from the parking lot.


 

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